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What’s Open On Chincoteague Island?

July 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Whats open on Chicnoteague - the beach

Come walk our pristine beaches

Summer is here, the sun is out, and Virginia has moved to Phase 3. Island Manor House and our sister Chincoteague inn, Miss Molly’s Inn are back and ready to see you – so what’s open on Chincoteague Island?

2020 is certainly one for the books. In some ways, it seems like we just had an extended winter and no spring. With summer here and Virginia moving to Phase Three on July 1st, however, things are looking a little brighter.

There are still guidelines and precautions one must take, of course but it is now possible to have yourself a Chincoteague getaway. So what’s open?

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A Covid-19 Update from The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast

April 3rd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

At this time, a statewide Stay at Home order, issued by Governor Ralph Northam, is in effect. It will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

Only residents are allowed onto Chincoteague at the moment.

Consequently, The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is closed until June 11th. We will keep this post up to date as things change.

We urge everyone to take care of themselves and focus on hope and togetherness rather than fear and division. We are all in this together and that’s the best way we’ll get through it.

Be safe and we’ll see all of you soon!

From everyone at The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast

Take In Stunning Views from Atop Historic Assateague Lighthouse

March 9th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse sunsetAssateague Lighthouse opens its doors to weekend visitors beginning in April. If you’ve never experienced the view from the top of the tower, you’re missing out!

The first Assateague Light was built on the Virginia side of Assateague Island in 1832. The original structure proved too short, however. The red and white brick tower seen today replaced in in 1867.

The tower is 142 feet tall, the base over 27 feet in diameter, with 175 steps to the top. The tower’s twin rotating lights are 154 feet above sea level and can be seen 19 miles out to sea.

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The Captain Timothy Hill House – Oldest House on Chincoteague

February 14th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

The Captain Timothy Hill HouseThe Captain Timothy Hill House, the oldest house on Chincoteague Island, is full of history. If it weren’t for the care of some sharp-eyed residents, however, it may have simply become history!

There’s a lot of history to be found on Chincoteague Island. 1650 saw the island’s first land grant, with Europeans settling here in the late 1700’s. By 1838, 26 homes dotted the island. Most were simple, rustic log plank homes, not designed to survive the passage of centuries. Yet one did.

Of those original 26 homes built on Chincoteague, only Captain Timothy Hill’s house remains. The house features a now rare example of early long plank construction and was the site of Chincoteague’s first recorded murder. Yet, by the 1980’s, it was abandoned, forgotten, and almost torn down.

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A Valentine’s Day Chincoteague Island Getaway

January 17th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island getawayChincoteague is a well known romantic destination. Our beaches, quiet community, wild ponies, excellent dining, and more make a Chincoteague Island getaway the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life.

Chincoteague Island’s romance is innate and ubiquitous. It’s in our scenery, our history, and our quiet and friendly culture. Our Virginia coast barrier island is within reasonable driving distance from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Norfolk, Virginia.

Come walk hand in hand on our pristine beaches and historic village’s streets. Just one of our stunning, Virginia Coast sunsets will make you feel like you are falling in love all over again.

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Hit the Surf for Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020

December 8th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020What better way to welcome the New Year than with an eye-opening plunge into the chilly Atlantic during Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020? This year’s event is scheduled for 1:20pm (but of course) on January 1st, 2020.

Okay, okay: so maybe the picture to the right is a touch misleading. It is rather rare for the Atlantic to freeze, here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. That doesn’t mean you won’t feel a thrill (along with a chill) if you participate, however. This is the Atlantic in January we’re talking about, after all.

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Self-Guided Chincoteague Tours – Get To Know The Island

November 18th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Self Guided Chincoteague ToursEveryone knows about the wild ponies and Misty but Chincoteague has so much more to offer. Get to know the island better than ever with self-guided Chincoteague tours.

Are you familiar with the Gingo-Teague tribe? Did you read about the Civil War Battle of Cockle Creek in school? Can you locate Snotty Ridge on a map? These and other pressing questions can be easily answered after a walking or biking tour of Chincoteague. Our little island has stories to tell to those who want to know.

A self-guided tour of some locations would set your teeth on edge – but not here. Chincoteague Island makes for the perfect walking or biking vacation. With Assateague Island in the mix, you have the perfect blend of wilderness and small town to explore. There are miles of well-maintained, low-impact trails all over both Chincoteague and Assateague. Why, you even can follow a trail all the way out to Assateague Lighthouse!

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2019

October 11th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2019Make the most of your Thanksgiving weekend with a visit to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl Weekend is a rare opportunity to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the fall migration. November 28th through December 1st, 2019.

There are a number of reasons to consider spending Thanksgiving on Chincoteague Island. The first being – it’s Chincoteague Island! From our sandy beaches, to our fun loving community, vibrant wildlife, excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and more – there’s never a bad time to visit Chincoteague.

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Save Your Appetite for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019

September 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019Come out to Chincoteague Island this October for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019! Oysters on the half shell, steamed, frittered, single fried, and more. October 12th, 10am to 4pm in Tom’s Cove Park.

Looking for a great way to kick off your autumn? Make a break for Virginia’s eastern shore and the 47th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival!

Chincoteague Island is always a great place for getting away from it all and rejuvenating for a few days. That’s especially true with fresh seafood and one of the island’s popular annual festivals in the mix!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019

August 12th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019An end of summer favorite, the annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show is coming right up! September 28th, 2019, 10am to 5pm at the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off is so much fun you don’t even have to like chili OR chowder to enjoy yourself (but it wouldn’t hurt). The event draws amateur and professional chefs to Chincoteague from all around the region, every year. Each comes ready to compete with their best chili and/or chowder recipes.

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